Do you know how to talk to your doctor (or practitioner) so that they have enough information to be able to help you?
Of maybe the better question is… have you ever lied to your doctor?
It might be a little white lie (“no, I don’t take any supplements” when you actually do) or a lie by omission.
Heck, maybe it’s your first visit and you don’t feel comfortable yet disclosing every little detail of your health. It’s natural to worry that you’ll be silently judged as the practitioner scribbles something down with a “Uh huh.”
Or maybe you’re the practitioner who’s failed to go deeper with clients. To question them further when things don’t add up. Or give them the space and time to share their entire story (because you aren’t sure how restless legs every night could possibly be connected to something like skin rashes).
The client doesn’t feel like you’re listening and that you don’t have time for them… so they hurry. They hustle past important details. They gloss over what’s really keeping them up at night. And then they don’t really get better because what’s underneath the health problem fails to see any light.
No matter what side of the client-practitioner equation you sit on, there’s a problem (especially with conventional medicine).
Today’s podcast is here to help bridge that gap so that you are heard (without judgment) and practitioners have enough information to find the root cause.
On a personal note, this interview completely turned my own thoughts on this subject completely on its head. Dr. Aviva Romm joined me again on the podcast to share her incredible and insightful wisdom. Just like she did when she was first on the podcast, she opened my eyes to so much and I think she’ll likely do the same for you.
This episode — #82 — marks the end of the “How to be a Better Patient” series (Season 2 of the Gluten Free School Podcast). For many reasons, I’ve left Dr. Aviva’s podcast here in it’s entirety. It was too good to trim down to the 15 to 20 minute limit I’d initially set for all interviews in this series.
It’s my hope that you’ll not only enjoy and learn from this conversation, but that you will share it with others so that everyone else can learn how to be a better patient.
The GFS Podcast will transition to a Season 3 — coming this September. I am calling it “The Bright Side of Your Health” so that you can be reminded of the blessings that can come even in what feel like the darkest times. So that you can feel inspired in a world unfortunately so fixated on negativity and victimization. I hope that you’ll join me for this new season with all new guests!
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How To Talk To Your Doctor So They Know Enough To Help You with Aviva Romm, MD
In this enlightening interview, Dr. Aviva Romm shares the power of the story behind your health journey. I wanted to make sure that you know how to talk to your doctor (or practitioner) so that you can ultimately get the best care.
And of course find the root cause of what’s going wrong with your health.
In my 10+ years experience working directly under an MD, I found that too many patients failed to share key details. Unless I asked or probed, I would never have gotten information that the doctor needed.
But here’s the problematic flip side that practitioners have some control over – the 10-minute appointments (so common in conventional medicine).
You know, the ones that fail to provide the time and space for patients like you to be as forthright as possible.
In this episode…
– How to talk to your doctor so that they can help you find the root cause of your major health complaint
– What one key thing you should always tell your practitioner even if you fear they’ll judge you for it
– What practitioners can model in how they interact with patients to build trust
– How to get the most of out your sessions with practitioners
– and much more…
Dr. Aviva’s books -–> ‘The Natural Pregnancy Book”, “Naturally Healthy Babies and Children”, & “Botanical Medicine For Women’s Health”
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